Kodi version 17.1 has been released

Kodi version 17.1 has just been released. An official announcement has not been made yet, so it’s not entirely clear what has changed since version 17, but the final v17.1 APK was just added to the official download page. This new version likely doesn’t add too many new features, but instead fixes bugs that have surfaced since v17 was released last month.

The easiest way to install or update to Kodi 17.1, on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, is to use my Downloader app and enter bit.ly/kodi171 in the URL field of the app. If you need more detailed instructions, you can find them here in my guide.

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Amazon offering $5 future credit for using Alexa to order from Prime Now

Amazon just added the ability to place Prime Now orders using Alexa. To promote the feature, they’ll send you a $5 promo code, to use on a future Amazon order, just for trying it out. Place any Prime Now order using Alexa before April 30 and you’ll be emailed a $5 promo code in about seven days. This a new different promotion from the one from last week that gave you $5 for reordering something with Alexa, which, by the way, has been extended until March 24.

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Alexa can now order items from Prime Now with 2-hour delivery

If you live in an area with Prime Now, you can now use Alexa to place your orders. When placing a voice order, just add …from Prime Now to the end of the request. The voice assistant will automatically choose the next available 2-hour delivery window. When confirming the order, Alexa will ask “what else can I get you” so you can add additional items to the same order. Additionally, starting today, Prime Now in select cities has made cold beer and wine available for order.

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Exclusive: Amazon to release new mid-tier Fire TV model with 4K, HDR, and Android 7

Amazon will be releasing a new Fire TV model which falls in between their current 2nd generation Fire TV Stick and 2nd generation Fire TV. This information is based on a benchmark I’ve discovered and other information I’ve acquired. The new model will support 4K UHD playback at 60 fps and high dynamic range (HDR) video, which is superior to all existing Fire TV models, although I expect the new model to be sold alongside both existing Fire TV models. This will be Amazon’s first HDR capable streaming device and is meant to be an entry-level model for 4K HDR streaming, to compete with the Chromecast Ultra. The new device will run a version of Fire OS that is based on Google’s latest Android 7 Nougat operating system, which is a significant upgrade from their current Fire TV lineup that runs Fire OS 5 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Read more ›

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New Apps for the Week of March 12th thru the 18th

This week there were 44 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It was a huge week for network TV apps. Discovery release 5 new apps and truTV released an app this past week. There were also several local news apps from across the US released. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard w/ Touchpad on sale for $17.99

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The Logitech K400 Plus keyboard with built-in touchpad is on sale for $17.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. That matches the lowest price this keyboard has ever been. Many Fire TV owners, including myself, swear by this keyboard as the best bang-for-your-buck keyboard for couch use. This keyboard uses a wireless USB dongle to connect, so it works with the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV. It will also work with the Fire TV Stick 2 if you use an OTG adapter.

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Amazon’s five new pilot shows are now available to stream for free

Amazon’s new Pilot Season is now live. You can watch the five available episodes for free without needing to be a Prime member. Once done, you can take a survey, if you’d like, to help Amazon decide which of the five new shows will be greenlit for a full season run. The shows are The Legend of Master Legend, The New V.I.P.’s, Budding Prospects, Oasis, and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Read on for a description of each show. Read more ›

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AFTVnewscast 74: Recommendations & External Storage


If you missed yesterday’s live stream, here’s the latest AFTVnewscast episode. Thanks to everyone who viewed live and who participated by asking questions.

The AFTVnewscast is streamed live on Fridays at 11am PT. You can watch all episodes on YouTube, subscribe via RSS, iTunes, Google Play Music, listen via TuneIn, Stitcher, or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes and links. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV gets new Discovery, Science Channel, I.D., TLC, and Animal Planet apps

The Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have just gained new apps for Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, TLC, and Animal Planet. All of these networks are owned by Discovery Communications, which is why these apps have all arrived at once. All five apps share the same layout and features; just with different programming. They require activation with a TV subscription service to unlock all content within each app, but they do offer a small selection of free content, which includes full episodes, even if you don’t activate the app. If you do unlock the app, you’ll also be able to watch a live stream of each network. Read more ›

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Amazon adds full Alexa capabilities to their iPhone app

Amazon has brought Alexa to the iPhone. There have been other iPhone apps that enabled access to Amazon’s voice assistant from the iPhone, but this is the frist time Amazon has done it themselves. Instead of creating a separate app to access Alexa, the voice assistant has been built-into the standard Amazon app. Read more ›

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